Good Evening Friends,
I pray you had a tremendously blessed Saturday and that the rest of your weekend will be enjoyable. Yesterday was a fantastic day – it was Valentine’s Day. And for as long as I can recall, it has been my favorite holiday behind Christmas. I absolutely love a day completely dedicated to demonstrating how much you love others. Truthfully, this is something which should be done consistently – although, perhaps not on the scale of Valentine’s Day with all the balloons and candy and special dinners. Yet, the love we feel for others should be demonstrated every day with the same excitement, passion, creativeness, selflessness and intention which is present on Valentine’s Day. For you see … THE LIGHT IS LOVE.
The light which shines bright and penetrates the hearts of men and women is the light which reflects the overwhelming and unconditional love of God. The LORD God loves people –
‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” John 3:16-21
The light which shines bright and penetrates the hearts of men and women is the light which reflects the selfless redeeming love of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ loves people –
‘This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.’ I John 3:16
‘For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross’ Hebrews 12:2
The Bible consistently tells us how He had compassion on the people and loving way that He gave his life for all mankind. His light of love was visible to all.
‘He had equal status with God but did not think so much of Himself that He had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, He set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, He stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He did not claim special privileges. Instead, He lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.’
Philippians 2:7-8 MSG
The light which shines bright and penetrates the hearts of men and women is the light which reflects the powerful and enabling love of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit loves and equips people –
'Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.' II Cor 3:17
The Spirit of the LORD frees us from the yoke of bondage and enables us to live a life worthy of the call of Christ. For it is God who works in us both to will and to do for His good pleasure (Phil. 2:13). We are equipped with what we need to love people as God loves people. In everything we do – sharing the gospel, giving a gift, working diligently, serving the public – we are empowered by His Spirit.
Therefore, being consistent with the light and love we have been freely given, we should freely shine the light and demonstrate love to those who have been placed in our life. Christians should be the most generous, kind, hard-working and loving people around. And we do not have to wait for a special day to show love for others … we can do it any time.
A day of love … any day … every day … and always
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31